The Awakening (25th Anniversary)
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The Awakening (25th Anniversary)

Lord Finesse

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"On his third album, Lord Finesse, representing D.I.T.C. (Diggin' in the Crates crew), brought together some of the finest rappers of the day for the release of, “The Awakening”. Mostly produced by Lord Finesse himself, the all-star lineup featured collaborations from KRS-One, MC LYTE, Diamond D, Showbiz & AG, O.C., Grand Puba, Kid Capri, and more. The album went on to reach #36 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart, while the single, “Hip 2 Da Game”, and bonus cut, “Actual Facts”, peaked at #36 and #37 respectively on the Hot Rap Singles chart. A fan favorite and considered a cult classic, here’s what the press had to say about the original release: ‘The Awakening’ is a welcome joint from a man who has long personified Hip Hop's favorite mantra: `True to the game.” -The Source (February 1996) “Throughout every song, Finesse's permeating Hall of Fame punch lines are brought to that ass like room service... he made his well-deserved chump change the old fashioned way, he earned it.” -Rap Pages (January 1996) “...Acknowledged by many of his peers as quite simply the best MC in the world... raunchy-but-serene lyrical skills...spooky-sounding production... Though Lord Finesse may never create a pop hit, he continues to live up to his name.” -Vibe (April 1996)"


01Da Sermon (Intro) Lord Finesse02:15
02Time Ta Bounce Lord Finesse01:22
03True and Livin' Lord Finesse04:41
04O'Lord (Interlude) Lord Finesse featuring O.C.01:22
05Brainstorm / P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix) Lord Finesse featuring KRS-One and O.C.04:45
06Taking It Lyte Lord Finesse featuring MC Lyte01:06
07Gameplan Lord Finesse05:09
08Words from Da Ak (Interlude) Lord Finesse featuring Akinyele01:34
09Flip da Style Lord Finesse03:42
10Showtime Lord Finesse featuring Showbiz01:04
12Food for Thought Lord Finesse04:04
13Da Kid Himself (Interlude) Lord Finesse featuring Kid Capri00:45
14Hip 2 Da Game Lord Finesse featuring Kid Capri04:03
15No Gimmicks Lord Finesse featuring KRS-One05:46
16Actual Facts 05:07
17Time to Bounce (Interlude - Instrumental) Lord Finesse01:21
18True and Livin' (Instrumental) Lord Finesse04:45
19O' Lord (Interlude - Instrumental) Lord Finesse01:20
20Brainstorm / P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix - Instrumental) Lord Finesse04:14
21Taking It Lyte (Interlude - Instrumental) Lord Finesse01:02
22Gameplan (Instrumental) Lord Finesse05:15
23Words from Da Ak (Interlude - Instrumental) Lord Finesse01:25
24Flip Da Style (Instrumental) Lord Finesse03:51
25Showtime (Instrumental) Lord Finesse01:04
26Speak Ya Peace (Instrumental) Lord Finesse05:21
27Food for Thought (Instrumental) Lord Finesse03:48
28Da Kid Himself (Instrumental) Lord Finesse00:46
29Hip 2 Da Game (Instrumental) Lord Finesse04:03
30No Gimmicks (Instrumental) Lord Finesse05:31
31Actual Facts (Instrumental) Lord Finesse05:08

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